Long-running comedy show What’s So Funny? to host fundraiser for co-op radio

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      Vancouver's longest running comedy-interview program, What’s So Funny?, is holding a fundraiser in support of Vancouver Co-op Radio (CFRO 100.5FM), the nonprofit station on which it's been broadcast for 14 years.

      Organized by What's So Funny? co-hosts Guy MacPherson and Sam Tonning, the charitable event will be a comedy showcase featuring local comics like Wes Barker, Sophie Buddle, Leland Klassen, Colin Lamb, Ryan Beil, and Kyle Bottom. It takes place on July 24 at the Kino (3456 Cambie Street).

      All ticket proceeds will benefit CFRO, a co-operatively-owned, listener-supported, and volunteer-operated radio station that offers 24-hour programming related to the arts, public affairs, music, and beyond. In particular, the organization aims to provide space for underrepresented and marginalized communities.

      What’s So Funny? began interviewing the funniest comedians in Vancouver—as well as touring comedians who were passing through the city—in 2004. That may not seem like that long ago, but the program launched in the same year that podcasts, or audioblogs as they were called then, were just hitting the scene.

      As local comedy-interview shows have come and gone through those years, What’s So Funny? has stayed the course and continues to be broadcast every Sunday night on CRFO.

      The fact that it's still going is not surprising as it boasts a catalogue of amazing interviews, and is now reaching 500 episodes. Over the years, MacPherson has probed the comedic minds of everyone from Vancouver's Ivan Decker, Graham Clark, and Kathleen McGee, to internationally recognized comedians like Norm Macdonald, Sarah Silverman, and Brent Butt.

      What’s So Funny?'s comedy fundraiser takes place on July 24 at 8:30 p.m. at the Kino (3456 Cambie Street). Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door.